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World Atlas of Mangroves

Distribution Atlas

By: Mark Spalding (Author), Mami Kainuma (Author), Lorna Collins (Author)

319 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps, tables


Hardback | Jun 2010 | Edition: 2 | #178255 | ISBN-13: 9781844076574
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NHBS Price: £69.99 $86/€79 approx

About this book

World Atlas of Mangroves provides the first truly global assessment of the state of the world's mangroves. Written by the leading expert on mangroves with support from the top international researchers and conservation organizations, this full colour atlas contains 60 full-page maps, hundreds of photographs and illustration and a comprehensive country-by-country assessment of mangroves.

Included are the first detailed estimates of changes in mangrove forest cover worldwide and at regional and national levels, an assessment of these changes and a country-by-country examination of biodiversity protection. World Atlas of Mangroves also presents a wealth of global statistics on biodiversity, habitat area, loss and economic value which provide a unique record of mangroves against which future threats and changes can be evaluated. Case-studies, written by regional experts provide insights into regional mangrove issues, including primary and potential productivity, biodiversity, and information on present and traditional uses and values and sustainable management.

World Atlas of Mangroves offers the only comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's mangroves, covering 124 countries. Full-colour throughout, 60 maps, hundreds of photos and illustrations and case studies document the ecological and economic importance of mangroves, threats and traditional and sustainable management methods. It is written by the world's leading mangrove expert with the backing of dozens of international organizations including the ISME, FAO, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and others.

"The importance of mangroves is well-known, but never has there been such a comprehensive review of these critical ecosystems. This book should change the way we view, and manage, mangroves for the benefit of coastal peoples and biodiversity world-wide."
- Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

"I am pleased that ITTO, ISME, and the other members of this excellent partnership have produced such a magnificent reference book. The World Atlas of Mangroves details an incredible variety of useful information that will be of considerable value to forest researchers, practitioners, and students to learn more about mangrove ecosystems."
- Professor Don K. Lee, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

"It is indispensable for libraries of universities, technical high-schools or research institutions concerned with any aspect of mangrove and world vegetation and environmental management. [...] In the present state, the atlas is an invaluable sourcebook for any national or international institution concerned or charged with the sustained use and protection of mangroves."
- Eberhard F. Bruenig, International Forestry Review

"a classic masterpiece [...] this second edition is a must-have publication for every mangrove ecologist, conservation biologist or policy-maker working within or adjacent to mangrove ecosystems."
- Human Ecology



1. Mangrove Ecosystems
2. Mangroves and Man
3. Mapping Mangroves Regional Chapters Western Indian Ocean
4. Eastern and Southern Africa
5. The Middle East
6. South Asia Eastern Asia and Australia/New Zealand
7. Southeast Asia
8. East Asia
9. Australia and New Zealand Pacific Ocean
10. Pacific Islands Americas
11. North and Central America and the Caribbean
12. South America West and Central Africa
13. West and Central Africa

Annex 1: Species Ranges
Annex 2: References for National Statistics


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Dr Mark Spalding is Senior Marine Scientist at the Conservation Strategies Division of The Nature Conservancy, UK. Mami Kainuma is the Project Coordinator and a Senior Researcher for the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems. Japan. Lorna Collins has worked as a research associate for The Nature Conservancy and is currently studying for a MRes in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth. Published with ISME, ITTO and project partners FAO, UNESCO-MAB, UNEP-WCMC and UNU-INWEH.

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